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Here are the details for George H.W. Bush’s funeral

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Former
President George H.W. Bush in 2007.


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  • Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored with
    a state funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral, the first
    presidential funeral since 2006.
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump
    will attend the service and declare Wednesday, December 5 a
    national day of mourning in honor of the 41st
    president.
  • Though the Bush family is still sorting the specifics
    of the ceremony, state funerals are traditionally days-long
    events and Bush is expected to be buried at his namesake George
    H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas
    alongside his late wife.

Former President George H.W. Bush will be honored with a state
funeral at Washington’s National Cathedral, the White House
announced Saturday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Donald
Trump and first lady Melania Trump will attend the service. It
was also announced that Trump designated Wednesday, December 5 a
national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president.

The White House also issued a presidential proclamation that the
American flag will fly half-staff on all public buildings and
grounds, military posts, and US embassies around the world for
the next 30 days.

Details are still being released

Bush’s will be the first presidential funeral since Gerald Ford’s
in 2006, and the first major political funeral since more than
2,000 prominent business, media, military, and political figures
gathered at the Washington National Cathedral for a ceremony to
honor the late Sen. John
McCain
.

Bush’s state funeral will be the fourth in three decades. Though
guided by tradition, there are a variety of options for
commemoration ceremonies, presidential funerals allow for
personal touches that are decided by the presidents themselves
soon after their inauguration.

The Bush family announced online they would be
partnering with the Department of Defense’s Task Force National
Capital Region for the funeral arrangements.

Further details are yet to be announced but the Bush family said
they will release information “as soon as is practical,” which
could be up to 24 hours.

State funerals are usually seven to 10 days long and include
three stages. The Joint Task Force
describes the process
: “Stage I includes ceremonies within
the state in which the president, former president, or
president-elect was in residence. Stage II includes ceremonies
within Washington, DC, and Stage III includes ceremonies in the
state in which the authorized individual has chosen to be
interred.”

Bush is expected to be buried at his namesake George H.W. Bush
Presidential Library in College Station, Texas alongside his late
wife.

News of Bush’s passing
prompted an outpouring
of praise and fond memories from
former heads of state and world leaders. 

The White House said Trump was notified of Bush’s death while
attending the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and canceled
a news conference slated for Saturday afternoon, tweeting it was
“out of respect for the Bush family and former president George
H.W. Bush.”

“President George H.W. Bush led a long, successful and beautiful
life,” Trump wrote earlier Saturday on Twitter. “Whenever I
was with him I saw his absolute joy for life and true pride in
his family. His accomplishments were great from beginning to end.
He was a truly wonderful man and will be missed by all!”

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